No player who spends all of 2018-19 in the NHL will have a lower base salary than Brayden Point. That’s because according to the league’s collective bargaining agreement, no player can make less than the minimum wage of $650,000, which is what Point will collect before performance bonuses. And even those amount to just $182,500, which is the kind of money that NHL superstars come across when they’re vacuuming their sofas or find in their coat pockets once they’ve taken them out of summer storage.
This will all change, in a big way, both for Point and an unprecedented number of young players this summer. The NHL made history when John Tavares, the best UFA in the history of the game, hit the open market last July. And it will do so again when the best crop of Group II free agents in league...
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Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.